Dec 04, 2023
Master of Arts in History
The Master of Arts in history provides a course of study for those whose interests are in teaching, business, government service and the professions, as well as for personal enrichment. It offers all the basic requirements for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree upon the completion of their study at California State University, Fullerton.
Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must have, a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units and a 3.0 grade-point average in upper-division history courses.
The application process involves two steps: completing a Cal State Apply application including a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation and submitting official transcripts to the CSUF Office of Admissions. The department’s graduate advisers will evaluate the dossiers once they are complete. Students with coursework prerequisites will be considered for admission only after they have completed courses approved by the coordinator.
To help prepare for a career upon graduation, students must complete one of the following:
- Participate in approved career events through the CSUF Career Center, one’s employer or a third party.
- Join or view at least one Department of History career webinar for historians.
- Career preparation or continuing education in the student’s existing career path (approved by adviser), or attend a professional conference.
Must include a minimum of 18 units at the 500 level. Courses may not satisfy more than one area.
Reading Seminars (6 units):
Writing Seminars (3-6 units)
Consult with adviser before choosing.
Skills Development (3-6 units)
Other courses may be taken with graduate adviser approval.
Public History Concentration (6-12 units)
The Public History concentration prepares students to practice history in more public settings, such as museums, libraries, archives and classrooms. The coursework is more specialized and can culminate in a final project, thesis or exams. Students have particular access to and support from CSUF’s distinguished Center for Oral and Public History.
Concentration Course (3 units)
Electives (3-9 units)
Other courses may be selected with graduate adviser approval.
- HIST 410 - The Rise of the Atlantic World (3)
- HIST 411B - Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing (3)
- HIST 412A - History of the Christian Church to the Reformation (1517) (3)
- HIST 412B - History of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the Present (3)
- HIST 412C - History of the Jews (3)
- HIST 414A - The Ancient Near East (3)
- HIST 415A - Early Greece: From Troy to Thermopylae (3)
- HIST 415B - The Classical Greek World, 479-323 BCE (3)
- HIST 415C - War and Society in Ancient Greece (3)
- HIST 417A - Roman Republic (3)
- HIST 417B - Roman Empire (3)
- HIST 420 - The Byzantine Empire (3)
- HIST 423A - Medieval History, 300-1350 (3)
- HIST 423C - Ancient and Medieval Britain (3)
- HIST 425A - The Renaissance (3)
- HIST 425B - The Reformation (3)
- HIST 429A - Europe 1890-1945 (3)
- HIST 429B - From the Defeat of Fascism to the Fall of Communism: Europe since 1945 (3)
- HIST 432A - Germany to Fall of the Nazis: Nation, Race, Sex and Empire (3)
- HIST 433A - Tudor Stuart England (3)
- HIST 433B - History of Modern England and Great Britain (3)
- HIST 435A - The Holocaust (3)
- HIST 435B - Fascism, 1918 - 1945 (3)
- HIST 435C - The Spanish Civil War (3)
- HIST 436A - Cities in European Civilization, 1000-1915 (3)
- HIST 449A - Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Latin America: A History (3)
- HIST 449B - Cuban History Through Film (3)
- HIST 451A - Colonial Period of Latin America (3)
- HIST 451B - 19th-Century Latin America: Era of Nation Building (3)
- HIST 451C - Latin America Since 1945 (3)
- HIST 452 - 20th-Century Brazil (3)
- HIST 453A - History of Mexico pre-Columbian (pre 1521) through 1821 (3)
- HIST 453B - History of Mexico from Independence (1821) to Modern Day (3)
- HIST 458A - West Africa and the African Diaspora (3)
- HIST 458B - Southern Africa in the 20th Century (3)
- HIST 458C - African History Since 1935 (3)
- HIST 460A - The Chinese Diaspora (3)
- HIST 461 - History of Ancient China (3)
- HIST 463A - History of Japan (3)
- HIST 463B - History of Japan (3)
- HIST 463C - Themes in Korean History (3)
- HIST 464A - History of Southeast Asia to 1800 (3)
- HIST 464B - History of Southeast Asia, 1800-present (3)
- HIST 464C - Early Vietnam (3)
- HIST 464D - Modern Vietnam (3)
- HIST 464E - The Vietnam War from the Vietnamese Perspective (3)
- HIST 466A - Islamic Civilization: Arab Era (3)
- HIST 466B - Islamic Civilization: Imperial Age (3)
- HIST 467A - The Middle East in the 19th Century (3)
- HIST 467B - Contemporary Middle East History (3)
- HIST 468A - Women and Gender in Middle East History (3)
- HIST 468B - Making the Medieval Middle East (3)
- HIST 471A - American Colonial Civilization (3)
- HIST 471B - The United States from Colony to Nation (3)
- HIST 473B - United States, 1845-1877 (3)
- HIST 473C - United States, 1876-1920 (3)
- HIST 475A - United States, 1920-1960 (3)
- HIST 475B - United States in the 1950s (3)
- HIST 475C - United States Since 1960 (3)
- HIST 476A - African American History: 1619 to 1863 (3)
- HIST 476B - African Americans since 1863 (3)
- HIST 477A - The Multiracial History of America (3)
- HIST 477B - Native American History (3)
- HIST 477C - American Immigration History (3)
- HIST 479A - The Urbanization of American Life (3)
- HIST 479B - U.S. Economic History to 1900 (3)
- HIST 380B - American Legal and Constitutional History (3)
- HIST 380C - American Military History (3)
- HIST 480D - United States Foreign Relations (3)
- HIST 481A - Westward Movement in the United States (3)
- HIST 481B - History of California (3)
- HIST 481C - The History of Orange County (3)
- HIST 486 - United States Cultural History (3)
- HIST 489T - Senior Seminar in Historiography and Theory (3)
- HIST 490T - Senior Seminar (3)
- HIST 521T - Directed Readings Seminar in Fields of European History (3)
- HIST 522 - Seminar in European History (3)
- HIST 541T - Directed Readings Seminar in Fields of Non-Western History (3)
- HIST 542T - Seminar in Non-Western History (3)
- HIST 551T - Directed Readings Seminar in World and Comparative History (3)
- HIST 552T - Seminar in World and Comparative History (3)
- HIST 571T - Directed Readings Seminar in Fields of American History (3)
- HIST 572 - Seminar in American History (3)
- HIST 596 - Graduate Internship in History (3)
Culminating Experience (0-6 units)
* Must take a total of 6 units.
** Develop specializations in two of the following fields: American; European; Latin American, Asian, African or Middle Eastern; or World History. A thematic field may be possible with the permission of the adviser.